Chris Eubank Jnr set his sights on a showdown with George Groves after the successful defence of his IBO world super-middleweight title with a unanimous points win over German Arthur Abraham at Wembley Arena.
Although the champion was not able to deliver a knockout blow against the battle-hardened 37-year-old, himself a former IBF middleweight and twice WBO super-middleweight title holder, the superiority across the judges scorecards gave Eubank the validation he needed heading into the inaugural World Boxing Super Series.
Next up for Eubank will be Turkey’s Avni Yildirim in a quarter-final contest, with the winner set to face either Groves or Jamie Cox.
Londoner Groves, the recently-crowned WBA world super-middleweight champion, was ringside to watch Eubank taken the distance.
After the victory, the 27-year-old declared his intentions to deliver a contest which British fight fans would relish.
Speaking to ITV Box Office, Eubank said: “He (Abraham) is the most durable opponent I have faced, he has not been stopped for a reason. I hit him with every punch in the book.
“I know I hurt him bad, I just couldn’t get him out of there, but the statement was made. He did not win a round against me, and I am happy with the performance.
“I am a warrior. I do what I do to get the win, and if I can look sexy at the same time, then so be it.
“I got to show my boxing skills and get the experience in.
“I am going into the (WBSS) Super Eight tournament to take this man’s (Groves) belt.”